Poway Historical Society

Poway Historical Society Preserving the Past for the Future
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Interesting that this was news worthy then, but now it it rarely even hits the local paper.
06/10/2023

Interesting that this was news worthy then, but now it it rarely even hits the local paper.

Mary ShepardsonJuly 13, 1945 – January 22, 2023The Poway Historical and Memorial Society appreciate the outpouring of lo...
01/28/2023

Mary Shepardson
July 13, 1945 – January 22, 2023

The Poway Historical and Memorial Society appreciate the outpouring of love and support in light of our President, Mary Shepardson passing. Mary passed away on January 22, 2023 of natural causes. She was an amazing person who served Poway with the utmost integrity, selflessness, and kindness. Her passing is felt by everyone in our community, and she will be missed immensely. With respect, Mary’s family will update the community of her final wishes in due time. She is survived by her companion of 42 years Norman Elder, and her brother Philip Shephardson. Her family and loved ones request privacy as they navigate through this difficult time.

The museum will be open Saturday (1/28) and there are a couple small displays to honor Mary's lifetime commitment to our wonderful City. In light of Mary's dedication to our museum, we will be closed Sunday (1/29) in remembrance.

Poway and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department go back a long way.
01/04/2023

Poway and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department go back a long way.

Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian count, was elected as the first San Diego County Sheriff in 1850.

We're back on schedule for January. We'll be introducing our new model train board for your enjoyment.
12/31/2022

We're back on schedule for January. We'll be introducing our new model train board for your enjoyment.

12/16/2022
Glancing back at some of many traditions on or near Poway Road. (Some have changed again since this was done.)
12/15/2022

Glancing back at some of many traditions on or near Poway Road. (Some have changed again since this was done.)

It was 50 years ago that Lake Poway Recreation Area was opened to the public.
11/30/2022

It was 50 years ago that Lake Poway Recreation Area was opened to the public.

The formation of Poway Municipal Water District in 1954 and the availability of a reliable water supply from the San Diego Aqueduct enabled the town of Poway, with a population in the hundreds, to begin a rapid growth spurt that has never really abated.

Note our special hours for Old Poway Park's expanded Christmas in the Park.
11/27/2022

Note our special hours for Old Poway Park's expanded Christmas in the Park.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we look back 65 years to the Poway News of 1957.
11/19/2022

As we approach Thanksgiving, we look back 65 years to the Poway News of 1957.

It's not an accident that one of the major streets in the Business Park was named for the Kirkham family.
11/02/2022

It's not an accident that one of the major streets in the Business Park was named for the Kirkham family.

The Kirkham family arrived in Poway in 1891, settling on 160 acres in the Beuhler (now Beeler) Canyon area.

The massive bench fashioned from the last big piece of the beloved Poway Oak now has a commanding presence at the Poway ...
10/27/2022

The massive bench fashioned from the last big piece of the beloved Poway Oak now has a commanding presence at the Poway Heritage Museum.

Come and check it out.

If you haven't driven around Poway recently -- and even if you have -- this 55-minute video is eye-opening.
10/23/2022

If you haven't driven around Poway recently -- and even if you have -- this 55-minute video is eye-opening.

[Tourjo20 - 4K/60FPS] Driving California | Poway, California[06.12.21] [4K] Driving California | Poway, CaliforniaFrom: Poway, CATo: Poway, CAPoway, CA32.962...

A view of Poway 70 years ago from atop High Valley.
10/06/2022

A view of Poway 70 years ago from atop High Valley.

After getting out of the Army Air Corps in 1945, at the end of World War II, my dad Dave Shepardson wanted to become a farmer.

We get a first-person look at what Old Poway was like in the boom-and-bust days of the 1880s and 1890s
09/01/2022

We get a first-person look at what Old Poway was like in the boom-and-bust days of the 1880s and 1890s

In the years after the formation of Poway Historical and Memorial Society in 1954, concerned members made a point of interviewing longtime residents of the community to capture their remembrances for posterity.

Nineteen fifty-seven was the calm before the storm for Poway's rapid growth. The first subdivisions with "city-sized" lo...
08/23/2022

Nineteen fifty-seven was the calm before the storm for Poway's rapid growth. The first subdivisions with "city-sized" lots hadn't yet attracted hordes of new homeowners.

We didn't even have formal street addresses for our mail. For local calls, we just dialed four digits. Our numbers all began with 3, except for pay phones, with began with 9.

Any call outside of Poway was long-distance, and required operator assistance.

The Poway Chamber of Commerce put together our first phone directory.

How the outside world viewed us in 1890.
07/12/2022

How the outside world viewed us in 1890.

A copy of "An Illustrated History of Southern California," a weighty tome of more than 900 pages and published in 1890, was recently donated to Friends of the Poway Library.

Stop by the museum this Saturday between 10 and 2 or Saturday between for a colorful look at Poway's past.
06/10/2022

Stop by the museum this Saturday between 10 and 2 or Saturday between for a colorful look at Poway's past.

04/21/2022
Back to our normal schedule, Poway Heritage Museum will be open this weekend on Saturday (10 am to 2 pm) ONLY, because i...
04/20/2022

Back to our normal schedule, Poway Heritage Museum will be open this weekend on Saturday (10 am to 2 pm) ONLY, because it is the second Sunday if the month, Otherr weekends were are also open on Sunday, (11 am to 2 p.m.).

Nelson House will be open Saturday from 11 to 2.

We're closed the second Sunday of each month.

We're in Old Poway Park on Midland Road.

Looking back again. Two views westward at Garden Road and beyone.
02/27/2022

Looking back again. Two views westward at Garden Road and beyone.

This annotated aerial view is the image that appears in our cover photo.
02/23/2022

This annotated aerial view is the image that appears in our cover photo.

The Museum is reopening on Saturday, February 12 at 10 a.m.Exhibits include Timeline of Poway History, "General Store an...
02/06/2022

The Museum is reopening on Saturday, February 12 at 10 a.m.

Exhibits include Timeline of Poway History, "General Store and Post Office," "One-Room School" and special featured displays.

We plan to be be open every Saturday.

Our Poway Heritage Museum really hit the ground running after our reopening.Nearly 3,000 visitors toured the museum duri...
12/13/2021

Our Poway Heritage Museum really hit the ground running after our reopening.

Nearly 3,000 visitors toured the museum during Christmas in the Park festivities on December 11. Probably our biggest day ever.

We'll be open on Saturday, December 18, from 10 to 2 (Nelson House 11-2). Our rummage sale, featuring collectibles and Christmas goodies, will start at 8 am.

We'll be closed on Christmas Day and New Years, opening again on Saturday, January 8.

(Photos by Carol Crafts.)

11/05/2021

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14114 Midland Road
Poway, CA
92064

Opening Hours

10am - 2pm

Telephone

(858) 679-8587

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Those color maps is about Pomerado Ridge Specific Plan & Concept Plan. Lower right map dated is 12/20/75 (December 20th, 1975) Split 4 pictures like NW, NE, SW, and SE of Pomerado Ridge. It is now called Rancho Arbolitos!
Great news to share from our Poway Historical Society.
March, 1876, San Diego Union
San Diego Union, August 1875
Does anyone remember this place?
55 years ago today!
Knowing that the Carriage Center (Thrift Shops) will soon be demolished, can anyone share what types of shops, offices, etc. originally occupied the spaces? Pictures would be fun too! Thanks!
I have a question for any really long time Powegians. I've lived in Poway for 18 years, but only 3 years off Metate Lane. At the South East corner of Metate and Montauk the is a flat concrete slab like from a building, curious if anyone knows what used to be there? Seems like an odd spot for a building. Thanks
Jessica Johnson joined us to talk about her new book, Abandoned San Diego, that documents hidden treasures found in secret locations around San Diego that walk us through history, culture and nature.

It was wonderful to discuss so many of the special locations and landmarks in Jessica’s book and her website: www.hiddensandiego.net. We talked about gold mines, haunted houses, secret caves, hidden waterfalls, partially built castles, graveyards, 19th century homes and so much more.

But for me the greatest part of the conversation was Jessica’s higher purpose of helping adults rediscover their inner child as they relearn the ideas of exploration and play. It’s this sense of adventure that can help bring people from an overly structured, corporate life or from a dark, depressed place to find those special moments of freedom, enlightenment and joy.

We covered many other topics and people including the Whaley House, Sunset Cliffs, Spalding Park, Lake Wohlford, Poway Historical Society, Mary Shepardson, Big Stone Lodge, Old Pomerado Road, Poway Stage Coach Stop, supernatural experiences, California Missions, Pala Mission, Castle Rock, Escondido, San Diego Historical Society, Old Town, ghost hunters, Jay Leno, empty nesters, happiness, doing what you love, teaching, art and Kate Sessions.

Jessica Johnson won the prestigious Town Crier Award from the San Diego SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organization) for raising historic preservation awareness with her Abandoned San Diego book, Hidden San Diego website, and popular social media pages, which aim to interest young and active generations in exploring local historic sites and preserving them.

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Jessica Johnson Info:

Hidden San Diego: https://hiddensandiego.net/

Abandoned San Diego: https://www.amazon.com/Abandoned-San-Diego-Jessica-Johnson/dp/1634991044/ref=sr_1_1

Hidden California: https://hiddenca.com/

San Diego Union Tribune/Pomerado News article: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/pomerado-news/news/story/2019-06-19/poway-resident-publishes-book-on-abandoned-locations-in-san-diego

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hiddensandiego/

Facebook: Hidden San Diego

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